"The rest of Ireland" Ireland by orlikins
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I'm going to put in pics & tips of the more "unknown" Irish towns and counties in this page.
Most of these towns had their own page in VT, but nobody ever visited them :( so i'm just going to put them all in here. Basically this page includes the Midlands region, Dundalk, Clonmacnoise, Tipperary and so on.
From my time on VT, I've noticed that tourists tend to beat the same trail along the western counties of Kerry<>Clare<>Galway, and then Donegal, Cork, Dublin and maybe Wicklow. That's well & good & worthwhile, there is nothing wrong with it, it is a tad boring - that path is well and truly beaten. How can you see the Real Ireland when you're surrounded by fellow tourists in the exact same destinations?!
Personally I think South-East Ireland, Limerick (ok i know i am biased) and some parts of the Midlands have so much to offer to those who want to, shall we say, "keep it real" and get away from the overtly tourist areas.
Some pics of ancient ruins at Clonmacnoise on the banks of the River Shannon
The watchtower was an important part of the old monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise, so guards could see attackers coming for miles around and from the riverside.
It dates from approximately 600 A.D., founded by St. Ciaran (Kieran in English).
Many people want to move to Ireland to get a job, earn loads of money, learn English, hang out and so on. But the same Q's come up over and over again on the Ireland boards, so I am going to address them here.
Jobs: There is really no point in posting on VT saying you're coming to Ireland and you want to get a job. Employer are not going to look at VT for CVs. So, fill out your CV and send it to the employment agencies located in the area you want to move to. Upload your CV on sites like Monster. If English is not your native language, make sure your CV and letter are written PERFECTLY. It does not matter so much for restaurant/retail jobs as such - oral proficiency is more important, but if you're going for office work, then your written English must be very good, otherwise your CV will just get thrown out. A good level of English is essential if you want to get a decent job. Most Irish people are not known for their brilliance in foreign languages so they will expect you to speak good English, the general attitude is "well, you moved here, you know the score"
Accomodation: It is easy enough to find accomodation in Dublin and in the other cities. Online, you can check out daft.ie. Your other options are the local newspapers and noticeboards in the local shops. Accomodation in Dublin is expensive - you're looking at 1000euro/month for a good apartment. If you're willing to share a house in the suburbs, then you can expect to pay between 300-500 euro/month plus bills - this is what most Irish people do before they buy a place of their own. It's a lot cheaper to rent in the rest of the country - the price you might pay for some crappy place in Dublin could get you a really plush place in some other town in the country.
Expense: Dublin is REALLY expensive. I know I sound like a broken record about this. Unless the kind of work you are after can only be found in Dublin, it might be worth considering other Irish cities & towns.
Bureaucracy: Get a PPN (social security no.) as soon as you get here. It's pretty straightforward. Check Oasis for any other bureaucratic issues.
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